Associate Vicar

St Mary’s Longfleet, Poole (SML) is a large and growing Anglican Church in a beautiful part of the South Coast within the Diocese of Salisbury. We are looking to appoint an inspiring Associate Vicar with a commitment to our vision of SMLGrowing Adventurous Disciples’ who has the experience, abilities and passion for this post.

This is a strategic pastoral leading and teaching role, responding to the exciting opportunities of a growing multigenerational church with the potential to make a massive difference at a key time.

We are looking for a gifted Associate Vicar, to oversee and strengthen many existing ministries within the church, and play a vital role in releasing new ones. You will be:
An ordained priest of the Church of England with at least 3 years of accredited ordained ministerial experience and a strong understanding of how a large church operates and to be comfortable in that setting.
An inspiring, creative preacher, teacher and written communicator who is passionate about making disciples and equipping others to become disciple-makers.

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team who will work closely with the Vicar in the ongoing leadership and management of the Church, this will involve:

Leading and preaching in Sunday Services. In particular, overseeing teams to creatively shape and develop our evening services and lead our interactive All-Age morning services.
Overseeing our Discipleship pathways, including developing our ‘Life Groupssystem which is a key part of our ministry and involves the training and deployment of new leaders and support and resourcing of existing leaders.
Responsible for oversight and line management of our ‘Emerging Generations’ spanning Children’s work, our expanding Youth ministry and Young Adults.
Leading ALPHA, Hope or other similar evangelistic courses, innovating and growing this vital ministry.

For an informal chat about this role then please call Canon Andy Perry on 01202 253527 or by email to

We would really welcome applications from both men and women. If you feel that you could potentially fit well with our culture and values here at SML but don’t think that you meet all of the criteria of the role yet, we would still love to hear from you.

To apply please submit a completed application form and a covering letter to Canon Andy Perry by email to

Applications closing date: Wednesday 05 June 2024 (midnight)

Interviews: Thursday 20 June 2024

An Enhanced DBS disclosure is required.

We look forward to hearing from you.